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Bob Ciapciak, chairman of Fair St. Louis 2014, announced Fair Saint Louis' move to Forest Park, July 3, 4, and 5, with a screen shot of the web site www.fairsaintlouis.org as St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and Parker Condie, Jr., Chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, watched the presentation on the laptop.
Fair Saint Louis Moves to Forest Park for America's Biggest Birthday Party
St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay (center) joined Bob Ciapciak, chairman of Fair St. Louis 2014 (left) and Parker Condie, Jr., Chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, for a press conference Tuesday evening at the Living World at the St. Louis Zoo to announce the entertainment lineup for the 34th annual event, which will take place, July 3, 4, and 5 in Forest Park.
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 8, 2014 - Forest Park, the iconic crown jewel of St. Louis, is slated to be the site of America's Biggest Birthday Party, July 3, 4 and 5, for Fair Saint Louis 2014.
It's an enormous task to prepare the park for the event, representatives of the Fair St. Louis Foundation said at a press conference Tuesday evening at the Living World at the St. Louis Zoo to announce the entertainment lineup.
"This year Fair Saint Louis is even more special than usual because it's one of the signature events celebrating the 250th birthday of the city," said St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. "We can't think of a better place to bring the entire region together to celebrate that milestone than in Forest Park."
In his welcoming remarks, Parker Condie, Jr., Chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, said that the Fair has been anchored on the Riverfront and lighting up the Arch for over thirty years. "We are proud to call downtown our home. However, this year, all the renovations at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and surrounding areas required that Fair Saint Louis find another location."
Condie stated that a partnership with the City of St. Louis, STL250 and Fair Saint Louis Foundation, promises to deliver a fair like never before. While there will be some unique elements with the change of venue, he said they are committed to producing a well run, safe and enjoyable experience that will have something for everyone.
On Thursday, July 3, Fair Saint Louis will open with Post Foods Parade Town, live music entertainment and the inflation of several VP hot air balloons. The evening will feature the first-ever family parade through the Saint Louis Zoo.
"This is a very unique opportunity open to the public for you to be a part of the parade," smiled Condie. He added that The Band Perry will perform on the Budweiser Main Stage.
On July 4, Condie said the Fair will begin early with an attempt to set three Guinness World Records: the longest breakfast table (record is 1,000 ft), the most people enjoying breakfast at one time (record is 1,800) and the world's largest cereal box. The audience laughed when he remarked that he didn't know how big that one is.
At 10 a.m, the 2014 VP Parade, with the theme "Made in St. Louis," will begin at The Muny. "More than 130 parade units will wind through the beautiful, scenic Forest Park on a 1.5 mile route that will honor the many people and institutions that have contributed to the great success of our 250th year history," Condie said proudly to loud applause.
Condie said that fairgoers can look forward to a variety of family friendly activities and spectacular, custom fireworks shows, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Edward Jones.
Bonnie Raitt, The Fray and Musiq Soulchild will be among this year's headline performers for Fair Saint Louis. Rounding out the headlining entertainment lineup will be Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson, Mary Lambert, Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood.
The schedule for the headline entertainment and other cornerstones of the Fair Saint Louis experience is shaping up as follows:
Thursday, July 3, beginning at 5 p.m.
Fair Saint Louis Opens with Presentation of Colors by a Color Guard from one of the Commands at Scott Air Force Base and a performance by the USAF Band of Mid-America's Hot Brass Band as part of the Post Foods Parade Town experience
Performance by Smash Band
Performance by The Band Perry
Friday, July 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Three World Record attempts, all sponsored by Post Foods
2014 annual Veiled Prophet Parade steps off at 10 a.m.
Fair Saint Louis kicks-off at noon
Evening performances by Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson and Mary Lambert, followed by Bonnie Raitt
Saturday, July 5, beginning at 7 a.m.
Schnucks Freedom 4 Miler & Family Fun Run, organized and produced in conjunction with the St. Louis Sports Commission
Fair Saint Louis kicks off at noon
Webster University's Salute to the Troops
Performances by Musiq Soulchild, Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood, leading up to The Fray
Major events in Forest Park, such as the Concours d'Elegance on Easter Sunday, the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Great Forest Park Balloon Race have created enormous traffic problems. Fair officials say they are working on a plan.
Alonzo Byrd, board member of Fair Saint Louis Foundation and one of the 2013 Mel Loewenstein Distinguished Award winners, said that they look forward to showing off Forest Park to visitors.
Responding to an inquiry about the potential for heavy traffic, Byrd said that they are working closely with a transportation consultant and all the appropriate agencies and neighboring communities to develop a comprehensive transportation plan to make the traffic flow easy.
"We are working with Metro, park officials and MoDOT," he said, adding that they want people to really think about planning their day and how they are going to get here. "If they can do it in Grant Park in Chicago and at Central Park in New York, we can do it here at Forest Park in St. Louis."
As the Fair gets closer, more specifics will be provided on the role the public can play in keeping traffic flowing during the three-day event, including using MetroLink, or biking or walking to the festivities where possible. Fair officials noted that plans are still evolving on the popular air show. Fairgoers are encouraged to visit www.fairsaintlouis.org for more information on the festivities in Forest Park.
(L - R) Bob Ciapciak, chairman of Fair St. Louis 2014, joined 2013 Mel Loewenstein Distinguished Awards winners: Steven E. Pozaric, Brian J. Lorenz, Alonzo Byrd, on stage at the Living World, along with Lori Winston Thaman, executive director Fair Saint Louis and Parker Condie, Jr., Chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation. (Award winner Kurt Rottmann not present)
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